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anthropologists on writing: introductory holiday reads

I’m at the point in my academic career where good writing informed by better research is critical to my survival. This often leads me to seek out articles and books on (sound the trumpets!) WRITING!! This is a pretty neat article that I found with familiar thoughts and great resources!


Anthropologists often worry about writing. It’s the sheer presumption – of making meaning of other people’s lives and then putting those understandings into a written or multimedia form – that bothers them. A lot. They’ve long fretted about it, and generated a habit of writing about their writing as a result.

Those who write about academic writing haven’t, until recently, strongly connected with this anthropological thinking. If you are doing a doctorate in a field other than anthropology or a related social science, then you may not yet have come across this body of work. Maybe this is because it’s still possible to find doctoral writing advice books which don’t move outside their linguistic and literary originary boundaries.

However, I think the anthropological work is pretty interesting and relevant well beyond the discipline. And I’m not the only one. Many of you may already have come across the Writing across…

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